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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 9 April, 2003, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Solar power lights up village
Solar powered street lights
Solar powered street lights are cheap and environmentally friendly
Northumberland villagers are benefiting from a bright idea to light up problem areas.

Solar powered street lights are being pioneered in the village of Wark, near Morpeth.

Northumberland County Council claims it is the first project of its kind in the north-east of England.

It says solar power is being used in areas where the electricity supply is not adequate for conventional lights.

It had previously not been feasible to light the footpath from the end of Wark Bridge to the village's sports centre, due to lack of electricity.

By installing solar powered lights, which store energy during the day and release it from dusk, the problem will be solved.

Northumberland County Council assistant engineer David Land said: "The lights in Wark are a pilot scheme, but we would like to install more solar powered lights where feasible.

'Marvellous idea'

"Unfortunately they are not suitable for widespread use as the light produced is not as bright as conventional streetlights."

Mr Lang said the new lights are environmentally friendly and cheap.

The council's executive member for environment, Alan Cutter, added: "This is a marvellous idea.

"Not only does it save electricity, but it also saves money.

"I am delighted that we are pioneering the use of such alternatives."

Now the area is lit, council bosses say they are considering building a youth club at the sports centre.

The lights have been supplied by South Wales-based SolarGen Solutions Ltd.





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